My first hand crafted radio telegrapher's key...

I have always enjoyed building things and a dream I've had for many years has been to design and build my own telegrapher's keys.  I have finally realized that dream in the completion of my first homebrew key.  It is a Single Lever Paddle / Sideswiper utilizing magnetic repulsion for lever centering and tension, silver contacts and a ball bearing lever pivot.  The action is smooth, gentle and very quiet.

GR SSLP

 

Building the lever fulcrum assembly with Tommy-bar...

key1 1  key1 2

 

key1 3  key1 4  

key1 5

Silver contacts added and done. key1 6